QuickBooks is the industry leader in small business accounting software, in part, because it sticks to what it does best. It supports the accounting function and it does so fully. That said, there are features and functionality that many businesses could benefit from that aren’t built in. That’s where third-party add-ons come in.
QuickBooks released an API several years ago which has allowed third parties to create applications that integrate with QuickBooks. The result has been an explosion of possibilities for QuickBooks users.
Here are some of the kinds of add-ons that might benefit your business:
- CRM connectors. If you use a CRM package, connecting it with QuickBooks can save your company time and money. The best example of this kind of add-on is the service that connects QuickBooks with industry-leading CRM package SalesForce.
- Inventory connectors. QuickBooks has some inventory capabilities, but for companies with a large catalog and complex inventories an add-on might be the best solution.
- Shipping add-ons. There are shipping packages that will allow you to integrate QuickBooks with either UPS WorldSHip or FedEx Ship Manager. A good example of this is ShipGear from V-Technologies.
- Business Intelligence add-ons. Being able to mine your QuickBooks data in order to help see where your business really stands and create accurate forecasts is a must. The Corelytics Financial Dashboard is an example of this kind of add-on.
- Bill payment. The Bill.com for QuickBooks Online payment add-on lets you get your bills electronically and pay them directly from QuickBooks. There are similar services from other vendors, but this is the one we like best.
- Customer portal and storefront add-ons. There are a number of add-ons that will let you use QuickBooks data to do everything from create a Facebook store to creating a secure payment portal for your customers.
Take a look at some of the add-ons for QuickBooks today, and see which ones might fit your business.